Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Thursday, 20 June 2019

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    F'Riggan awesome.

  • Starring:

    Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Kenny Chin, Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, Naomi Watts, Jeremy Shamos, Andrea Riseborough, Lindsay Duncan, Paula Pell

  • Directed by:

    Alejandro González Iñárritu

  • Running time:

    119 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide attempt (gunshot). People are near-molested, slapped, punched, threatened at gunpoint, shot (theatrical), threatened sexually, hit with objects, wrestled. A man leaps from a tall building. Falling meteorite, explosions, downed helicopter, shot robot creature. Objects thrown/smashed. Yelling, arguing. Shooting people, suicide, throwing knife at wife, abusive father mentioned. Blood/gore: Blood splatter, blood on face/clothing, bruising. Collapsed man, neck brace, bandages. Bleeding ear, full body cast, dead child mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man tries to force a woman to have sex. Crotch-grabbing, breast-grabbing, erection, kissing (male-female; female-female). Nude man (rear view). Man in underwear, woman in bra, cleavage. Sexual-themed banter. Injecting self with semen, porn, infidelity mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Smoking marijuana. Alcohol (beer, spirits). Bar setting. Getting/being drunk, rehab, alcoholic father mentioned. Smoking (cigarettes, joint).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch, cr*p. Slang and actual terms for genitals. Name-calling. Religious reference and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Sequels, acting, theatre, Broadway, improv, father-daughter relationships, ego, hearing voices, Raymond Carver, social media, superpowers, celebrity, creativity, comebacks, self-respect, insecurity, critics, suicide.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Pregnancy mentioned. Bar setting. Chicken eaten. Lightning, thunder, spitting, toilet.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Raucous, dramatic, fresh, spectacular, star-powered, genre-defying, hilarious, beautiful, rich, clever, multi-layered, dazzling, rambling, funny, sweet, sad, brilliant, cynical, snarky, unexpected, intimate, sprawling, fascinating, entertaining. Exhilaratingly original, brilliantly directed, darkly comic, lucid/bold/raw/propulsive camerawork, career-defining performance by Michael Keaton, clever casting, infectious/off-the-cuff score, intricate choreography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Pretentious, overplayed, vacuous. Peurile/mysoginistic comedy, spoon-feeds its point, seeminly continuous camerawork becomes distracting.

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